Set in the beautiful North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Geltsdale is home to black grouse, birds of prey and breeding wading birds and is ideal for walking.
There are four waymarked trails leading from the car park at Howgill. The Stagsike Trail will take 1–2 hours to walk and the other trails a little longer. Stagsike Cottages are approximately a 40-minute walk from the parking area and provide an information point and toilets.
Many of the trails are on existing tracks but boots are essential for much of the year and waterproofs are recommended. There is no general vehicle access to the Stagsike Visitor Centre but disabled access can be pre-arranged by phoning the reserve.